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The Point of No Return.... I'm going to stir the "honey pot" a bit.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Saraceno Dec 19, 2015. 27 Replies

Ok folks.... first off.... I'm Back!Now, as I was working this morning on my current build, a 4 string Undercrown Acoustic, it occurred to me that this isn't no longer a Cigar Box Guitar. I've gone…Continue


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Resophonic Banjo "DoJo"

"Late to the party but this is a really fantastic looking instrument, GS. As a player of banjo and various slide instruments I have always wished that National had built a 5-string back in the 30s, or that National Resophonic might fill in the gap…"
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Pro Tip - Floating Blade Bridge Action

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 11:10am 4 Comments

 Anyone that has followed my builds or seen my instruments will know that I'm a huge fan of "floating blade" style bridges combined with a "Zero-Fret" string guide/nut. I have found this combo to be one of the most consistent ways to achieve low string action. I'm going to now share with you one of my secrets to how I make my floating bridge the correct height.

I use a simple wedge feeler gauge. I locate where the bridge will sit on the soundboard, and slide the feeler gauge under the…


Keeping it "Old School"

Posted on May 29, 2017 at 6:05pm 6 Comments

I've recently had a major change of direction in my builds. I've turned away from the shiny graphics and modern electronics, and I've headed back to the roots of Cigar Box instruments. I'm talking Vintage Antique boxes. Example; my latest build, a Vintage Harvester Ukulele. Starting with a depression era, "NRA Stamp" box, and a hand carved set neck. No Electronics, just simple old fashioned acoustic sweetness.

I've just about given up on through neck builds. A through the box neck…


Rocky Patel Cigar Box 4/4 Cello Project - Part II

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 6:35pm 4 Comments

Back for Part II

While my project was drying, I quickly sourced & ordered a pair of Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary boxes, the ones with the big pewter plate inlay in the lid.

I removed the plate inlay, and cut me some "RP" scroll head medallions.…


Rocky Patel Cigar Box 4/4 Cello Project - Part I

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 6:15pm 2 Comments

  "Once upon a time..."

I was recently vending at a Folk Festival when a customer came up and asked me if I was up for a challenge. He explained that he was a double bass / washtub bass player with a folk group that was playing on stage at the event. He told me that he had approached the other Cigar Box Guitar vendor ( there were two of us at the event ) with this project, and the guy turned him away, so he asked if I thought I was up for the challenge.…


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